Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's hockey team came away with a 3-0 victory over the Bowdoin College Polar Bears on Saturday afternoon in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup at the Koeppel Center in Hartford. The win is Trinity's fourth-straight as the Bantams improve to 14-3-5 overall and 10-2-4 in NESCAC play. The Polar Bears fall to 6-14-2 on the year and 3-12-1 in league play. Trinity now controls its own destiny in regards to earning the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament. The No. 11-ranked Bantams play No. 10 Wesleyan, which lost, 4-1, to Colby today, in a home/away series next weekend to wrap up the regular season.
The Bantams outshot the Polar Bears, 43-28, including a 29-14 mark through the first two periods of play. Bantam junior netminder Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) picked up his eighth win of the season between the pipes, stopping all 28 shots he faced to earn the shutout, his third of the season. Bowdoin goalie Alex Zafonte (Concord, Mass.) finished with 40 saves on the evening, his third time this winter tallying 40 or more stops.
Trinity broke things open 15:22 into the first period on a goal by senior captain Ryan Pfeffer (Canton, Mass.). Pfeffer picked off a loose puck in the neutral zone and passed it to sophomore Nicholas Polsinelli (Galloway, N.J.), creating a 2-on-1 opportunity. Polsinelli ripped a shot on goal that bounced off the leg pad of Zafonte, however the rebound went straight to the trailing Pfeffer. Pfeffer buried the rebound into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
After a scoreless second period that combined for 22 shots on net, Trinity added a pair of scores in the final period to ice the game. The first came just 4:11 into the period when junior assistant captain Adam Anderson (Lino Lakes, Minn.) sent a wrist shot high into the back of the net, just under the top cross bar, on a strike from just inside the blue line. The goal was Anderson's fourth of the season and assisted by senior Charlie Zuccarini (Shelton, Conn.) and rookie Cole Poliziani (Burlington, Ontario).
The Bantams iced the game with their third goal of the afternoon less than five minutes later when first-year Taggart Corriveau (New Britain, Conn.) found netting on a snipe from the point. Corriveau was set up by a pass from the left circle by classmate Lucas Michaud (South Portland, Maine) before rifling home his sixth goal of the season. Bowdoin had a scoring opportunity early when Bradley Ingersoll (Waxhaw, N.C.) sent a shot towards goal from the point, however the puck clanked off the top crossbar and into the netting to force a faceoff and keep the Polar Bears off the scoreboard.